PANCAP believes that the HIV agenda needs to be expanded
The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) believes that the HIV agenda needs to be expanded with attention on poverty, inequality and human rights in order to effectively tackle the virus.
Director of PANCAP Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland said by solving and confronting social issues it is only then persons can be removed from risky environments which seems to be fuelling the spread of HIV.
The regional body is hoping that the upcoming International AIDS conference to be held in Washington DC can pave the way to increase awareness of the key issues that impact on the Caribbean’s fight against HIV.
Strategy and Resourcing Officer for Treatment Care and Support of PANCAP Dr. Ingrid Cox- Pierre said much work is need in the area of stigma and discrimination. She believes while Caribbean countries have made strides in this area it still remains a challenge despite available treatment.
PANCAP has reported that the region is making progress improvements in the elimination of mother to child transmission and the treatment programs as international funding continues to dwindle. The organisation’s sole purpose is to bring together over 70 partners to collaborate in the regional response against the deadly virus.